Clint Ruin & Lydia Lunch: Don’t Fear The Reaper

Release Information

12″EP 1991 Big Cat #ABB 28 Made in the UK
CDEP 1991 Big Cat #ABB CD 28 Made in the UK

Track Listing

Face A:
01. Don’t Fear The Reaper

Face B:
02. Clinch
03. Serpentine
04. Why Don’t We Do It In The Road ?

Linear Notes

TRACK 1 RECORDED AT B.C., BROOKLYN  ENGINEERED BY MARTIN BISI

TRACKS 2, 3, & 4 RECORDED AT SELF IMMOLATION STUDIOS  ENGINEERED BY CLINT RUIN

FRONT COVER BY DAVID OUIMET

BACK COVER BY CLINT RUIN

PHOTO BY WIM VAN DER HULST

CHROME LETTERING BY ROBERT WILLIAMS

PRODUCED BY CLINT RUIN

ECTOPIC ENTERTAINMENTS IS A SUBSIDIARY OF SELF IMMOLATION

Release Notes

“Don’t Fear The Reaper” originally by Blue Oyster Cult.

“Why Don’t We Do It In The Road?” originally by The Beatles.

“Serpentine” is Steroid Maximus’ “Trancendental Moonshine” from Quilombo, with lyrics added.

Reviews

The lead cut isn’t as much as a de(con)struction of the Blue Oyster Cult classic as we expected, the lead guitar lines remaining safely intact, but Lydia’s trademarked snarl and what sounds like a New York City street block tumbling to its death in the instrumental break leave this rendition standing on its own Doc Martens. The other cover-the Beatles’ “Why Don’t We Do It In The Road”-is carried to its limits in far more typical Ruin/Lunch fashion, a repetitive, moaning groove sustained by way-flanged-out guitar, samples of a car crash and a meddling of Lydia’s sultry crooning and a bluesy backing vocal. “Clinch” and “Serpentine,” the original half of the EP, respectively showcase both the upfront evil assualt and the more subtle, suggestion of evil these two are capable of.

CMJ New Music Report, Issue# 266 (10 Jan 1992), author unknown.